Lavanya was brought up in Mittakandriga, a small village in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Her marriage did not work out. She took a divorce from her husband due to dowry harassment. She had no work and no qualifications to get a job before she came to know about a free placement linked skill development training program in Sewing Machine Operation at Tirupathi through Aanganvadi volunteers which was being conducted by Social Empowerment and Economic Development Society (SEEDS) in coordination with IL&S Clusters.
She joined the centre for training in Tirupathi where she was learnt all about Sewing Machine Operations. She became good at things like controlling the machine, stitching of components etc which were previously unknown to her in just a month. She also learnt about other aspects of like like savings and cleanliness. Immediately after training, she was provided placement with M/s BNT IMPEX Fashions Limited, Ambattur in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.